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National Game of Disinterest (Week 4)

As a general rule, college football is better than anything that is not college football. But not all college football is created equal.

Seriously, what is going on here?
Seriously, what is going on here?
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Now that our guest picker has selected the SEC Games of Interest and we have selected the National Game of Interest, it's time to identify this week's National Game of Disinterest. This is the game so wholly devoid of any points of interest that not even rabid college football addicts like people who spend their free time writing college football blogs will deign to watch. This week's slate of games is relatively interesting, so there was really only one clear choice for the NGoD: Maryland (-1) at Syracuse.

I don't know anything about either of these two football teams, and I don't particularly care to. This game will have neither conference nor national implications.  The only thing that these two teams have in common with each other is that no one wants to live there. There's literally no good reason for it to be played or watched. The only reason it is being played is because these teams were both in the ACC last year. The Orangemen had just joined the conference, and the Terrapins, who helped found the league 62 years ago, were on their way out. I understand why these teams switched conferences (hint: money), but what I don't understand is why each conference wanted them. Syracuse is pretty good at basketball, I guess, but I assure you that no one in upstate New York cares about anything other than hockey. It's basically Republican Canada up there. Even more perplexing, though, is why the B1G wanted Maryland. The state has neither a fertile recruiting ground nor a major TV market. There's not even a good social fit. The closest that anyone in B1G country has ever gotten to Maryland is watching The Wire.

Can you think of any less intriguing contest happening this week? Can you explain why the ACC and the B1G decided to expand with these two teams?  Let us know in the comments.

Go Dawgs!